Thursday, January 22, 2015

40 Year Itch : Kiwi Stardust

New Zealand had its own androgynous alien who topped the charts while drawing apt comparisons to David Bowie. Yes, you can spend the entire time you listen to Space Waltz, pointing out each and every "Bowie quote".

  His name was Alastair Riddell, and with his band Space Waltz,  he ruled New Zealand for one glamorous rocking year. It was one thing to vamp around stage androgynously in London. Down Under, it was a good way to get your ass kicked.

  When the band broke up Alastair was invited to replace the departed Phil Judd in Split Enz. When he begged off, Tim Finn brought in younger brother Neil. Alastair has his own Facebook page.

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